Fresno, California

A- Overview:
Once a dry desert, Fresno, and a million acres surrounding it, are now lush with vineyards, orange groves, and plantings of cotton and other crops. In fact, Fresno County is one of the nation’s agricultural leaders. Conveniently located in the central San Joaquin Valley, this is one California city not to be missed. Just to the west it is predominantly flat, with the land devoted to agriculture. To the east, the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains rise out of the low foothills.

Blossom trail is a scenic, 63 mile self-guided tour encompassing vineyards, orchards, and historical points of interest. It serves as an orientation to the area. The trail passes almond, peach, apricot, plum, and nectarine trees in blossom from late February through March.

With four very moderate seasons, Fresno’s weather is generally mild throughout the year. Summers are dry and warm; winters are cool and sometimes a little misty. The scenic mountain elevations above 5000 feet are sprinkled with snow in late fall and winter, adding to the beauty of the area.

The first European settlement of the Fresno region was by the Spaniards as they searched for suitable mission sites. It was declared to be the property of the United States in 1846 following the Mexican War. Today the city and the entire county play host to thousands of visitors who come to enjoy including the nearby National Parks.

Fresno is the only city in the United States with three National Parks within an hour and a half drive. Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia are three spectacular sites. One of the most popular is Yosemite National Park., renowned for its magnificent valley, great granite domes and peaks, waterfalls, giant sequoia, and spectacular high country. Sequoia National Park is an unspoiled treasure of some of the most striking scenery in the world. Its towering giant sequoia trees and soaring mountain peaks, its cascading creeks, flowering meadows and star studded evening skies adorn this masterpiece of nature. Spring and summer offer sensational hiking, horseback riding, fishing and cave tours. Winter boasts cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding in the Sierras. Kings Canyon’s 461,901 acres are largely wilderness. The park features summits of the High Sierras and two huge canyons on the Kings River. Kings Canyon was established as a national park in 1940 and adjoins Sequoia. They are administered as one unit.

In addition to visiting the nearby National Parks, there is much to see and do within the city. The Chaffee Zoo offers visitors the opportunity to experience a diversity of animal and plant life. This unique zoo focuses on our good fortune in having such diversity of life on our planet At the Downing Planetarium, visitors have the opportunity of gazing into the stars. With a 74 seat theater and a 30-foot dome, the planetarium allows visitors to experience the heavens without even going outside. For those who just want to splash around and have some fun, the Fresno Island Water Park is a must visit attraction. With over 20 water slides and rides, a huge arcade, as well as an amusement park and miniature golf, it’s fun for the whole family.

The Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art, History, and Science is fascinating for all ages. It displays memorabilia from author William Saroyan, a native of Fresno. A science gallery has more than 40 interactive stations with exhibits geared toward children. Forestiere Underground Gardens is an amazing underground retreat designed and created by hand to resemble the Roman catacombs by Sicilian immigrant Baldasare Forestiere in the early 1900s. Under the earth are extensive rooms, passageways, gardens, patios, and courtyards filled with exotic plants. The rooms are lit by skylights. Another favorite site is Roeding Park which features Rotary Playland with a carousel, rides, a miniature railway and the Japanese War Memorial.

Whatever the reason for visiting, whether business or pleasure, Fresno leaves its visitors breathless from its unparalleled beauty and eager to return for another visit.

B- City Information:
Population: 427,652

Elevation: 296 feet above sea level

Land Area: 104.4 square miles

Location: The city and county of Fresno is located in the central San Joaquin Valley of California. To the west it is predominantly flat, with thousands of acres devoted to agriculture. To the east, the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains rise out of the low foothills. It is the only county in the country that can claim three national parks in its backyard.

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (when it’s noon in Fresno, it’s 2pm in Chicago and 3pm in New York City). Fresno observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
46.0
51.3
55.4
60.9
68.5
75.8
81.1
79.7
74.5
65.0
52.7
45.3

High temperature (°F)
53.7
61.3
66.1
73.9
82.8
91.1
96.8
95.1
89.1
78.5
63.3
53.7

Low temperature (°F)
38.3
41.3
44.6
47.9
54.2
60.5
65.4
64.2
59.8
51.5
42.1
36.8

Precipitation (in)
2.2
2.2
2.3
0.8
0.4
0.2
0.0
0.0
0.3
0.7
1.2
1.4

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
8
8
7
4
2
1
0
0
1
2
5
7

Wind speed (mph)
5.2
5.7
6.7
7.4
8.1
8.3
7.4
6.8
6.1
5.2
4.7
4.9

Morning humidity (%)
91
89
86
80
71
65
61
66
71
77
87
91

Afternoon humidity (%)
68
56
47
35
27
24
22
24
28
35
54
68

Sunshine (%)
47
65
77
85
90
95
97
96
94
88
66
46

Days clear of clouds
5
8
11
14
18
23
27
26
24
20
12
7

Partly cloudy days
7
8
8
8
8
5
3
3
4
6
7
6

Cloudy days
19
13
12
8
5
2
1
1
2
5
11
18

Snowfall (in)
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

Summer tends to be the busiest time of year as visitors from around the globe come to the area

to visit the National Parks as well as many of the local attractions. Overall, Fresno’s weather is generally mild and pleasant throughout the year. Summers are dry and warm; winters are cool and sometimes foggy. Elevations above 5,000 feet have snow from November to March. In the peak summer months, the temperatures can reach into the mid 90’s F during the day but with the humidity usually in the mid 20% range, it feels much cooler. During this season, the local attractions as well as the numerous nearby National Parks are quite busy. It’s a perfect time to enjoy the out of doors. Spring and fall are cooler and quite pleasant, both during the day as well as in the evening. Watching the area transform itself from season to season is reason enough to visit the area. Nature comes alive with new life each spring as a multitude of colors embrace the area. Fall offers a full array of red, orange, yellow and other colors as the leaves drop and winter arrives. Winters are moderate.

How to Get There:

By Air;

Fresno Yosemite International Airport

4995 E Clinton Way

Fresno, CA 93727

559-621-4500

The Fresno Yosemite International airport is an airport for the central San Joaquin Valley. More than 25 cities, with more than 100 flights, daily are served out of Fresno.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi, shuttle, and limousine service are available at the airport as well as throughout the city.

By Car:

The city is located on U.S. Highway 99, approximately 160 miles east of Monterey, California. If traveling on I-5 from either the north or south, take the Route 180 exit east into Fresno.

By Train:

Amtrak

2650 Tulare St. Bldg. B
Fresno, CA 93721

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

1033 H ST
Fresno, CA 93721

559-268-1829

How to Get Around:

With three National Parks in its backyard, including Yosemite, the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January

President’ Day, the third Monday in February

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, the first Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Chaffee Zoo

894 West Belmont Avenue

Fresno, California 93728

559-498-2671

Hours: Open daily 9 am to 4 pm

Admission Charged

A Word from the Director: “Each of us was born into a world of incredible diversity of animal and plant life. Throughout our lives most of us marvel at the diversity and uniqueness of life. We visit zoos and watch nature programs on television and are astounded by the strangeness of the creatures we see. I believe that future generations will judge us not by what we have created for them, but by what we have saved for them.”

Downing Planetarium

5320 N. Maple Ave. M/S DP132
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA 93740

559-278-4121

Hours: Call for performance schedule

Admission Charged

The Downing Planetarium has a 74-seat star theater with a 30-foot dome. The planetarium shows are run with a Minolta MS-8 star projector, two video projectors, and 29 slide projectors; all controlled by a computer program.

Fresno Metropolitan Museum

1515 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721

559-441-1444

Hours: Closed Mondays, Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm, Dollar Nights – Thursday 5pm – 8pm

The Fresno Metropolitan Museum features art, history and science. This is a perfect place to take children or explore on your own.

Madera Wine Trail

800-733-8068

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

It’s the Valley’s best kept secret – working wineries just a few minutes drive from downtown Madera and just across the river from Fresno.

Meux Home Museum

1007 R Street

Fresno, CA 93710

559-233-8007

Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon – 3:30pm

The Meux Home Museum recaptures the flavor of Victorian Fresno by presenting a middle-class residence — furnished in the period, as a representative house museum. A costumed docent leads a one hour tour of this restored urban dwelling of the 1890’s. By modern standards elaborate, the Meux Home was nonetheless a middle-class residence, built for $12,000 from a carpenter’s catalog.

Blackbeard’s Family Fun Center
4055 N. Chestnut

Fresno, CA. 93726
559-292-9000

Boomers
7354 N. Abby St.

Fresno, CA. 93720
559-432-9684

Forestiere Underground Gardens

5021 W. Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93722
559=271-0734

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

A subterranean network of over a hundred niches, courtyards, patios, rooms and passageways. Interesting to say the least.

Fresno Island Water Park

1401 N. Wishon Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728

559-277-6800

Hours: Vary, call for exact schedule

Admission Charged

Family fun year-round with over 20 water slides and rides, a huge arcade, amusement park, miniature golf.

Rotory Storyland and Playland
890 W. Belmont Ave.

Fresno, CA. 93728
559-486-2124

Nearby Attractions:

Wild Water Adventures

11413 E. Shaw Ave.

Clovis, California

Located approximately 9 miles from Fresno

800-564-9453

Hours: Open seasonally May – September, call for additional information

Admission Charged

A 52-acre water amusement park with fun for the whole family.

Sierra Summit Ski Resort

59265 Highway 168
Lakeshore, CA 93634

Located 45 miles from Fresno

559-233-3330

Hours: Open seasonally, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Sierra Summit has 200 acres of skiable terrain with runs up to 2 ¼ miles long. Rental and Sports Shop are on the premises.

Nearby National Parks

Yosemite National Park

Renowned for its magnificent valley, great granite domes and peaks, waterfalls, giant sequoia, and spectacular high country, Yosemite is only 1 1/2 hours from Fresno.

Kings Canyon National Park

866-KCANYON

Kings Canyon National Park is located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The parks are about a five-hour drive from each city. The park is approximately a one-hour drive from the city of Fresno. The park offers visitors fishing, boating, hiking and some 4-wheel driving. Pine Flat Reservoir is located approximately 20 miles from Fresno off Highway 180.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Events

February

Boat Show

Held late February

Location: Exhibit Hall, 848 M St

559-431-0336

Call for additional information

Viva El Mariachi Festival

Held in late February

Location: Exhibit Hall, Selland Arena

559-621-4700

Call for additional information

Fat Tuesday

Held in late February

Location: Tower District

559-497-8362

Mardi Gras Week and Parade

March

Autorama Car Show

Held late March

Location: Fresno

559-621-4711

Call for additional information

This annual car show features custom cars

Home and Garden Show

Held early March

Location: Fresno Fairgrounds

800-897-7899

Call for additional information

Antique and Collectible Fair

Held late March

Location: Old Town Clovis, 4th and Pollasky

559-298-5774

Call for additional information

April

Blossom Days Festival

Held in early April

Location: Sanger

559-875-4575

Call for additional information

CSUF Vintage Days

Held in mid April

Location: Shaw and Cedar

559-278-2741

Crafts Faire with over 160 craft vendors, Boomtown Carnival with student organizations sponsoring food and game booths, Kid’s Day with arts & crafts, bounces houses, pony rides and petting zoo.

Breakfast with the Animals

Held mid April

Roeding Park, Chaffee Zoological Gardens

559-274-5988

Call for additional information

Selma Raisin Festival

Held in late April – early May

Location: Lincoln Park

559-896-3315

Call for additional information

The Great Western Southern Gospel Fan Festival

Held in late April

Location: Save Mart Center

559-347-3400

Call for additional information

May

Basque Picnic

Held in early May

Location: Coombs Riverbend Ranch, Madera

559-275-6192

Call for additional information

Concours d’ Elegance

Held mid May

Location: CSU Fresno

559-438-6367

Call for additional information

Strawberry Jamboree and Car Show

Held early May

Location: Sierra Vista Mall

559-299-7363

Call for additional information

Riverdale Spring Festival and Rodeo

Held in early May

Location: Riverdale

559-867-3310

Call for additional information

Springfest

Held in early May

Location: Cottonwood Park

559-299-0392

Call for additional information

E Street Fair

Held in mid May

Location: Downtown Fresno

559-441-7915

Call for additional information

June

Great Taco Festival

Held in early June

Location: Eaton Plaza, Fresno & O Streets

559-621-6602

Call for additional information

July

Fourth of July Celebration

Held on the fourth of July

Location: Varies throughout the city

559-846-6343

Call for additional information

August

Serendipity Antique Show

Held mid August

Location: Fresno Fairgrounds

559-434-9160

Call for additional information

Riverbend Smooth Jazz Festival

Held in late August

Location: Coombs Riverbend Ranch, Madera

559-230-4329

Call for additional information

Farmers Market

Held in late August

Location: Farmer’s Market, Old Town

559-298-5774

Call for additional information

Greek Food Festival

Held in late August

Location: St. George Orthodox Church on N. Orchard Avenue

559-233-0397

September

Reedley Taste of the Town

Held in early September

Location: Downtown Reedley

559-638-5484

Call for additional information

Kerman Harvest Festival & Parade

Held in early – mid September

Location: Kerckhoff Park

559-546-6343

Call for additional information

Reel Pride Film Festival

Held in mid September

Location: Tower Theatre

559-443-0600

Call for additional information

Kingsburg Crayfish Festival

Held in mid September

Location: Kingsburg

559-897-1111

Call for additional information

Caruther’s District Fair

Held in late September – early October

Location: Fresno

559-864-3768

Call for additional information

October

The Big Fresno Fair

Held in early – mid October

Location: Big Fresno Fairgrounds

559-650-FAIR

Call for additional information

November

Kerman Ag Expo

Held early November

Location: Kerckhoff Park, 3rd & G St, Kerman

559-289-4384

Call for additional information

Serendipity Antique Show

Held early November

Location: Fresno Fairgrounds

559-434-9160

Call for additional information

Fall Color Festival

Held in early November

Location: Shinzen Friendship Garden, Woodward Park

559-226-8034

Call for additional information

Kearney Park Renaissance Faire

Held in mid November

Location: Kearney Park

559-392-0965

Call for additional information

December

Santa Lucia Festival

Held in early December

Location: Swedish Village, Kingsburg

559-897-1111

Call for additional information

Entertainment

Fresno Ballet

1401 N. Wishon Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728

559-23-DANCE

A complement of vibrant, young men and women bring a new dimension and versatility to the repertoire.

Fresno Philharmonic

2610 West Shaw Lane
Fresno, CA 93711

559-261-0600

The Fresno Philharmonic strives to present high quality, live orchestral music to audiences throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

The Save Mart Center at Fresno State

2650 East Shaw Avenue

Fresno, CA 93710

559-347-3400

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 4:30pm, Saturday – Sunday (non-event days, non-on sale days): closed

The Save Mart Center at Fresno State is one of the premier event centers on the West Coast. With a seating capacity around 16,000 the center is perfect for a variety of concerts, sporting events, family shows and more.

2nd Space Theatre

Located on Olive Avenue in Fresno

559-266-0660

Enjoy some of the best entertainment in Fresno. The 2nd Space Theatre provides entertainment year round and is the perfect way to enjoy an evening.

Warnors Theater

400 Fulton St.
Fresno, CA 93721
559-264-2848

Performances year round, call for additional information

Sports

Fresno Grizzlies Baseball
Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants

Games played at Grizzlies Stadium

1800 Tulare St. Fresno, CA
559-442-1994

Call for schedule

Fresno Falcons Hockey
AA affiliates to the San Jose Sharks

Games played at The Save Mart Center

2650 E. Shaw Avenue Fresno, CA 93710
559-485-PUCK

Call for additional information and schedule

Fresno State Sports

1600 E. Bulldog Lane

Fresno, CA 93740

559-278-DOGS

Fresno takes pride in collegiate sports. Enjoy Football, Baseball, Basketball, Softball and more. Every year Fresno State is among the nation’s best.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

February

Boat Show

Held late February

Location: Exhibit Hall, 848 M St

559-431-0336

Call for additional information

Viva El Mariachi Festival

Held in late February

Location: Exhibit Hall, Selland Arena

559-621-4700

Call for additional information

Fat Tuesday

Held in late February

Location: Tower District

559-497-8362

Mardi Gras Week and Parade

March

Autorama Car Show

Held late March

Location: Fresno

559-621-4711

Call for additional information

This annual car show features custom cars

Home and Garden Show

Held early March

Location: Fresno Fairgrounds

800-897-7899

Call for additional information

Antique and Collectible Fair

Held late March

Location: Old Town Clovis, 4th and Pollasky

559-298-5774

Call for additional information

April

Blossom Days Festival

Held in early April

Location: Sanger

559-875-4575

Call for additional information

CSUF Vintage Days

Held in mid April

Location: Shaw and Cedar

559-278-2741

Crafts Faire with over 160 craft vendors, Boomtown Carnival with student organizations sponsoring food and game booths, Kid’s Day with arts & crafts, bounces houses, pony rides and petting zoo.

Breakfast with the Animals

Held mid April

Roeding Park, Chaffee Zoological Gardens

559-274-5988

Call for additional information

Selma Raisin Festival

Held in late April – early May

Location: Lincoln Park

559-896-3315

Call for additional information

The Great Western Southern Gospel Fan Festival

Held in late April

Location: Save Mart Center

559-347-3400

Call for additional information

May

Basque Picnic

Held in early May

Location: Coombs Riverbend Ranch, Madera

559-275-6192

Call for additional information

Concours d’ Elegance

Held mid May

Location: CSU Fresno

559-438-6367

Call for additional information

Strawberry Jamboree and Car Show

Held early May

Location: Sierra Vista Mall

559-299-7363

Call for additional information

Riverdale Spring Festival and Rodeo

Held in early May

Location: Riverdale

559-867-3310

Call for additional information

Springfest

Held in early May

Location: Cottonwood Park

559-299-0392

Call for additional information

E Street Fair

Held in mid May

Location: Downtown Fresno

559-441-7915

Call for additional information

June

Great Taco Festival

Held in early June

Location: Eaton Plaza, Fresno & O Streets

559-621-6602

Call for additional information

July

Fourth of July Celebration

Held on the fourth of July

Location: Varies throughout the city

559-846-6343

Call for additional information

August

Serendipity Antique Show

Held mid August

Location: Fresno Fairgrounds

559-434-9160

Call for additional information

Riverbend Smooth Jazz Festival

Held in late August

Location: Coombs Riverbend Ranch, Madera

559-230-4329

Call for additional information

Farmers Market

Held in late August

Location: Farmer’s Market, Old Town

559-298-5774

Call for additional information

Greek Food Festival

Held in late August

Location: St. George Orthodox Church on N. Orchard Avenue

559-233-0397

September

Kerman Harvest Festival & Parade

Held in early – mid September

Location: Kerckhoff Park

559-546-6343

Call for additional information

Reel Pride Film Festival

Held in mid September

Location: Tower Theatre

559-443-0600

Call for additional information

Caruther’s District Fair

Held in late September – early October

Location: Fresno

559-864-3768

Call for additional information

October

The Big Fresno Fair

Held in early – mid October

Location: Big Fresno Fairgrounds

559-650-FAIR

Call for additional information

November

Serendipity Antique Show

Held early November

Location: Fresno Fairgrounds

559-434-9160

Call for additional information

Fall Color Festival

Held in early November

Location: Shinzen Friendship Garden, Woodward Park

559-226-8034

Call for additional information

Kearney Park Renaissance Faire

Held in mid November

Location: Kearney Park

559-392-0965

Call for additional information

December

Santa Lucia Festival

Held in early December

Location: Swedish Village, Kingsburg

559-897-1111

Call for additional information

Entertainment

Fresno Ballet

1401 N. Wishon Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728

559-23-DANCE

A complement of vibrant, young men and women bring a new dimension and versatility to the repertoire.

Fresno Philharmonic

2610 West Shaw Lane
Fresno, CA 93711

559-261-0600

The Fresno Philharmonic strives to present high quality, live orchestral music to audiences throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

The Save Mart Center at Fresno State

2650 East Shaw Avenue

Fresno, CA 93710

559-347-3400

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 4:30pm, Saturday – Sunday (non-event days, non-on sale days): closed

The Save Mart Center at Fresno State is one of the premier event centers on the West Coast. With a seating capacity around 16,000 the center is perfect for a variety of concerts, sporting events, family shows and more.

2nd Space Theatre

Located on Olive Avenue in Fresno

559-266-0660

Enjoy some of the best entertainment in Fresno. The 2nd Space Theatre provides entertainment year round and is the perfect way to enjoy an evening.

Warnors Theater

400 Fulton St.
Fresno, CA 93721
559-264-2848

Performances year round, call for additional information

Sports

Fresno Grizzlies Baseball
Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants

Games played at Grizzlies Stadium

1800 Tulare St. Fresno, CA
559-442-1994

Call for schedule

Fresno Falcons Hockey
AA affiliates to the San Jose Sharks

Games played at The Save Mart Center

2650 E. Shaw Avenue Fresno, CA 93710
559-485-PUCK

Call for additional information and schedule

Fresno State Sports

1600 E. Bulldog Lane

Fresno, CA 93740

559-278-DOGS

Fresno takes pride in collegiate sports. Enjoy Football, Baseball, Basketball, Softball and more. Every year Fresno State is among the nation’s best.